At a meeting of the Faculty Women's Caucus of the University of Victoria on Oct. 24, the following statement in support of Professor Sunera Thobani of the UBC women's studies program was drafted. I am forwarding it to you with the names of all those caucus members who endorsed it.
"On Oct.1, 2001, Professor Sunera Thobani, Department of Women's Studies, University of British Columbia, made an impassioned speech against a war of retaliation in response to the tragedy of Sept. 11.
"As women scholars associated with the Faculty Women's Caucus of the University of Victoria, we support Dr. Thobani's right to speak her views freely, without being subject to threats or sanctions of any sort. Indeed, we believe it is our responsibility as academics to intervene in public debate in order to question the taken-for-granted assumptions that fill the media. In this troubled time, we wish to express our strong support both for the right to academic freedom and for the right of free speech for all."
Chair, Faculty Women's Caucus, University of Victoria
CHRISTINE ST. PETER
EILEAN VANDER FLIER-KELLER
MARY ELLEN PURKIS
JOAN M. MARTIN